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ViewBug branches out into image licensing Feature News Opinion 

ViewBug branches out into image licensing

After a decade in business, most photo industry members are familiar with ViewBug, the online photo contest community. The Dead Pixels Society recently spoke with co-founder Ori Guttin about the recent expansion of its business model into image licensing. Up until recently, the site provided photo contests for members, along with white-label photo contest services for brands like Squarespace, Snapfish, Sony, Sandisk... Read More
New Robinson Report covers global photo printing trends Market research News Opinion 

New Robinson Report covers global photo printing trends

With support from the imaging industry, industry researcher Doug Robinson has produced a new global photo printing report, the 2018 Total Photo Printing Report, covering silver-halide color paper and the contributions from inkjet dry labs, dye-sub, and digital (electrophotographic) presses (EP). The work totals more than 140 pages and 29 tables and is the result of numerous interviews with knowledgeable... Read More
B&H launches Payboo credit card to offset sales tax costs News Opinion 

B&H launches Payboo credit card to offset sales tax costs

B&H Photo and Video has apparently responded to the 2018 South Dakota v. Wayfair SCOTUS ruling – which requires out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax on internet sales – with a credit designed to offset sales tax costs to consumers. The Payboo credit card, in a partnership Synchrony Bank, will offer instant savings to buyers in the same amount as... Read More
Analysis: It’s probably a good time to take Shutterfly private News Opinion 

Analysis: It’s probably a good time to take Shutterfly private

Editor’s Note: The following article is analysis and is not based on inside knowledge of Shutterfly, Lifetouch or any other parties mentioned. The specter of going photo personalization pioneer Shutterfly going private has lurked for the past five years or more, so the news the company board is again revisiting the issue isn’t a surprise. In 2014, Silver Lake Partners... Read More
Shutterfly announces first quarter 2019 financial results Earnings reports News Opinion 

Shutterfly announces first quarter 2019 financial results

Shutterfly announced first-quarter 2019 financial results, coinciding with rumours from reputables sites like Bloomberg that the leading online photo personalization service has drawn acquisition interest from Apollo Global Management LLC and Cerberus Capital Management. As noted below, the company’s board is not officially commenting. Overall, the company’s results were in line with expectations, management said. Shutterfly’s struggling Consumer segment saw a 2%... Read More
Samsung to postpone the launch of the Galaxy Fold News Opinion 

Samsung to postpone the launch of the Galaxy Fold

Editors note: Following extensive negative reviews from leading tech bloggers who got an early look at the Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone, the company has announced it is delaying the release of the pricey phone. Among the complaints were problems with the device’s unique folding screen. Among the scathing reviews: Gizmodo: Samsung Galaxy Fold Review: A Flawed Start to Something Amazing... Read More
Shoebox photo storage website is shutting down News Opinion 

Shoebox photo storage website is shutting down

Shoebox, a free photo storage service in operation in 2012, told users yesterday it will shut down effective May 22nd. No reason was given for the secession of service, but given the rise in free storage services from Google Photos, Shutterfly, Amazon Photos and others, it’s possible those players were just too big to overcome. Shoebox was one of the... Read More
Digital camera shipments down 50% from two years ago, according to CIPA Market research Opinion 

Digital camera shipments down 50% from two years ago, according to CIPA

The trend for digital cameras isn’t optimistic, according to CIPA, but may not account for action cams and other innovations The  Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has published a new graph showing the number of cameras shipped in February 2019 and the numbers aren’t trending well. According to the association, sales were down from January 2019 and had substantially decreased... Read More
The problem with privacy in photography Events Feature News Opinion 

The problem with privacy in photography

Why school photography has to look at cyber-security as a risk to the business When most photo-industry executives think about privacy, they think in terms of security breaches like Equifax, Wannacry, Google or Facebook (or, in our own industry, 500px, Animoto and more). The Dead Pixels Society recently spoke with Ken Taylor, a longtime security expert about the challenges facing... Read More
Glossy Finish launches GF Crew to provide profitable sports photo business model Feature News Opinion 

Glossy Finish launches GF Crew to provide profitable sports photo business model

The minds behind Glossy Finish are ready to share the secrets to their success. The Florida-based company, long considered one of the leaders in how to run a profitable sports photo business, has launched GFcrew, a community built around the sharing of the Glossy Finish business process. The Dead Pixels Society talked with Haim Ariav, CEO and founder, and Matt... Read More
Is LED lighting ready for high-volume photography? Feature Opinion 

Is LED lighting ready for high-volume photography?

Is it time for the professional school and kids sports photographer to consider replacing their strobes with LED lighting? I was surprised to see the number of interested photographers at the recent SPAC 2019 conference seminar on “LED Lighting” for the school and kids sports photo industry.  Most of the photographers in attendance were interested in an alternative to the... Read More
Guest post: Four photography brands that are nailing their digital marketing News Opinion 

Guest post: Four photography brands that are nailing their digital marketing

In a digital age where consumers focus on the instant gratification of visuals and the attractive aesthetics of social media, photography brands have a head start against the rest. With a strong emphasis on imagery, an easily marketable product, and the ability to gather and utilize user-generated content for their own promotional gains, it’s not surprising that photography brands are... Read More
Let’s find the positive in camera sales Market research News Opinion Press releases 

Let’s find the positive in camera sales

It’s time for the annual CIPA report, which numerous tech blogs and analysts comb over to deduce the trends ailing the camera market. The news can be sobering, especially when leaders like Canon predict a 50-percent drop-off in camera sales within the next two years. On the bright side, the boom in the instant camera category shows there’s life in... Read More
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